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Helmholtz Research School
Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions

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Prof. Ankur Desai, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Research Interests:

  • Regional and global carbon cycling and biogeochemistry
  • Upscaling and downscaling land-atmosphere exchange observations and models in complex terrain and heterogeneous regions
  • Eddy covariance flux measurements, land surface remote sensing, and ecosystem experiments for biosphere-atmosphere exchange
  • Role of surface forcing on atmospheric boundary layer dynamics
  • Feedbacks between climate change and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Ecosystem and climate model development, evaluation, and data assimilation

Selected Publications:

Moore, D.J.P., Trahan, N.A., Wilkes, P., Quaife, T., Stephens, B.B., Elder, K., Desai, A.R., Negron, J., and Monson, R.K., 2013. Persistent reduced ecosystem respiration after insect disturbance in high elevation forests. Ecol. Letters, 16, 731–737, doi:10.1111/ele.12097.

Brooks, B.J., Desai, A.R., Stephens, B.B., Bowling, D., Burns, S.P., Watt, A., Heck, S.L., and Sweeney, C., 2012. Assessing filtering of mountaintop CO2 mixing ratios for application to inverse models of biosphere-atmosphere carbon exchange. Atmos. Chem Phys., 12, 2099-2115, doi:10.5194/acp-12-2099-2012.

Desai, A.R., Moore, D.J.P., Ahue, W., Wilkes, P.T.V., De Wekker, S., Brooks, B.G., Campos, T., Stephens, B.B., Monson, R.K., Burns, S., Quaife, T., Aulenbach, S., and Schimel, D.S., 2011. Seasonal pattern of regional carbon balance in the Central Rocky Mountains from the Airborne Carbon in the Mountains Experiment 2007. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 116, G04009, doi:10.1029/2011JG001655.